As our 50th Season begins, so does the fall semester of our outstanding Performing Arts Studio! Whether you choose an introductory or in-depth experience, the Performing Arts Studio provides a unique opportunity for students to utilize their imaginations in group and solo settings, expressing themselves in wonderful and unexpected ways. PBTS Blogger Sadie La Manna, wanted to find out more about the dedicated instructors that inspire our students, so she sat down with Educational Director Gary Baker.
1. When did you begin your education in theatre?
I was a very shy child and it wasn't until my Junior year of high school that I found the passion for theatre. From that year on I've been learning as much as possible about as many theatre genres as possible.
2. When did you begin your residency at PBTS and classes do you teach at The Performing Arts Studio?
I've been working for PBTS for about 7 years on and off doing everything from cleaning the theatre, building sets, painting, helping with makeup for shows and teaching. As of right now I teach all of the Middle School, High School and Adult Acting and improvisation classes and camps.
3. Why do you believe theatre education is important for students?
Theatre Education is important because it gives the students a safe place where they can try out new things and not be afraid to fail. If they do fail, they can quickly learn from the experience and apply that to future projects. This process is helpful in real life as well. You learn how to pick yourself up and move forward in a different direction.
4. What would you say to kids who are interested in theatre, but might be a little nervous to start?
Theatre is all about playing. Don't think of it as acting in front of an audience, think of it as telling a story through play.
5. What’s next for The Performing Arts Studio?
We're hoping to grow the program to include different types of classes that aren't necessarily offered in the Jacksonville area.
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Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
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